Edited Nov 3, 2019 at 1:17
I told you mate to don't give up on Palat.
I'm so happy about Palat's season so far. He looks like his 2013-14 self again! Energetic, confident, using the body and making plays like we haven't seen him do in the last two years and maybe more. If he can keep this up his 5.3M cap hit is well deserved and I'm happy to have him with us.
You see, sometimes miracles happen. I also told you, he is the coach's favorite, and "you kinda said to me(not exact words) that i should shut up and i'm wrong... Palat is done forever... Trade that guy asap..."
Well, as you can see he is just a solid player, when healthy. Hopefully for a couple of more years...
About Hamonic = untouchable right now in Calgary = you can't trade for him.
BOLTLOVER1, sorry but you need to find another good D, if you want to include your trades in future topics. Calgary will never let Hamonic go, unless for a huge value.( we don't make those trades) He is just playing too good right now. 7m+ salary RHD level...
But somebody explain me what happend with Coburn = AHL level or Kucherov = every day 3 mill caphit NHL'er.
I don't rate Schenn yet, i need to see him more defending... he probably needs more time to fit in...
We knew about Shatty(bad D, strong offense)
Rutta = AHL level player again. We will lose 66% of our games, if Rutta is playing... He doesn't belong to the NHL. He would be fine in any other league though... Blackhawks fans told us... but we didn't believe them... Seriously, just put Rutta on waivers... or we might only make the playoffs on 7-8th place... then we out in 2nd round...
Johnson,Killorn = solid so far this season, just as i expected...
Bye to Witkowski... i have no idea why we started him... rip that guy... another AHL guy...
Yeah i know Gourde played not good this season, but i still see the fighting spirit in his game, which should help the teeam come out from this mess we are in right now.
And i think you guys are forgot to mention Hedman:
since end of last year = he is always injured.
When he is not = he is a god still.
But last 20 games including playoffs = under 5 games when he is not injured = horrible for our team. I'm really scared that Hedman is injured this year again in the playoffs and we will allow once again around ~ 4 goals / game as the result of that single injury. Seriously, we just need some defensive depth to prepare for the Hedman injury.
Anyone want to guess how many games Hedman will miss this year? Without Hedman we will most likely!!! lose playoffs series vs like Pittsburgh,Boston,Toronto,Carolina and coinflip vs philly...
Currently rip all stanley cup dreams this year, and good luck to all other teams... unless we make hedman an ironman.. we are doomed... our D is in shambles whenever we play without Hedman... thats just unacceptable even in preseason... 2019/2020 first half of season = preseason for us... still unaccaptable...
i just hate to see our team letting 6 goals vs Devils... or score 1 vs Islanders and lose badly... i have one simple solution: try Cal Foote for 60 games+, and trade for TJ Brodie or Savard.That should result a better GAA over the regular season... Current GAA = 3.5/game = garbage = LA,Ottawa level.
Taking less penalties our goal for this year = biggest fail in coaching history of the NHL, what the freaking hell Cooper is doing... Can't he just tell shattenkirk that don't shoot the puck out of your D-zone. Or don't you dare to Hold guys with your free hand... Or please for god sake just don't slash the players when it's not needed... Seriously almost 75% of our penalties = completely unnessecary and coach should have a solution for that... Wake up Cooper...
And i don't even care about wins at this point of the season: i care about how we play as a team
Personal Ratings(like movie ratings:10/10 = best ):
5 on 5: 8/10
Figthing spirit: 7/10
Team tactics:3/10(like keeping the lead or taking penalties)
Physicality:8/10(with witkowski gone it will go down)
Overall first 12-13 games ratings:
5/10 = unacceptable
We play exactly same as in preseason...( i watched all preseason games)... only difference we play with better players... but same horrible style... something is wrong with us... i just don't know what is the reason... did the players lost all their hope in the playoffs last year? i know it was soul crushing... but still...
Currently with my estimation we are still alright with these horrible performances.. we are still a playoff team around 10th-14th best team in the .
But can every problem just suddenly disappear around the 50th game mark? I doubt it, but we will see.
I watch a lot of hockey , lots of other teams as well!!! ( lots of full matches in my freetime), besides colorado and lightning. And it's super obvious something is wrong with our playstyle every 2nd game. Super inconsistent. I have a good example: We are playing like Pittsburgh did last year = doomed to fail. Biggest reason = Defense. Our defense = just plain bad. Like Edmonton's last year... Super bad... We need to play 50 games without Hedman... or we will be never prepared for his injuries unless we trade for other D man... I never seen a team dependent on 1 defender player, like Hedman. It's just never be good enough in playoffs... unless we get extremely lucky and we avoid all bad matchups... ( Nashville, Islanders,St. Louis,Wash.)
The problem with this is that a stanley-cup finals won't make any lightning fan happy at the end of the playoffss... it's win or bust... vs good defensive teams we have sub 30% chance to win a series which is horrible, we should have at least 45% chance vs those matchups as well = we need a strong D system as well...
But there is hope: last year St. Louis showed, however bad your team looks in preseason or regular season(for us regular season mostly will be this year = preseason 2.0), you still might win the whole thing.
Let's hope something will click at some point of the season, and we will look like last year. (good offense+ good D + good goaltending + good pk + good pp).
Also our 5 on 5 is hopeful. I hope at least we keep that throughout the whole season.
now in Sweden!